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"The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 & Why It Matters Today"

Thursday, November 1, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Pharm/Bio Building (PBB) 131

Please join the History Dept for the 2018 Fusco Distinguished Lecture Series, presenting

Heather Ann Thompson (Michigan)

who will deliver a talk titled

"The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today"

based on research for her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan, and is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016). Within the first week of its publication Blood in the Water was optioned by TriStar Pictures and will be adapted for film by acclaimed screenwriters Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel and produced by award-winning producers Amy Pascal and Rachel O’Connor.

Dr. Thompson’s audience goes well beyond her work in Blood in the Water. She also wrote the book Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City in 2001 which was republished in 2017 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Riot of 1967.

Dr. Thompson is also a public intellectual who writes extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Jacobin, The Atlantic, Salon, Dissent, NBC, New Labor Forum, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post, as well as for the top publications in her field. Her award-winning scholarly articles include: “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline and Transformation in the Postwar United States,” Journal of American History (December 2010) and “Rethinking Working Class Struggle through the Lens of the Carceral State: Toward a Labor History of Inmates and Guards.” Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas (Fall, 2011).


Frank Costigliola,

History Department (primary), Africana Studies Institute, el Instituto, Human Rights Institute, Political Science, UConn Master Calendar

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